We know this year has been strange and stressful to say the least. With fall upon us, activities like picking apples, wandering through corn mazes, and purchasing pumpkins can still be a thing as long as social distancing and face masks are part of the plan. Venture out of Southie and pick yourself a bushel and peck of farm fresh apples. Make sure to check check all orchard’s websites for up to date safety info, restrictions etc. Some require reservations so double check before you head out!
Here are our picks for 5 Places To Pick Your Own Apples:
Honey Pot Orchards
Honey Pot Orchards is a favorite destination for many Southie families – it is not uncommon to bump into one of your neighbors at this kid-friendly orchard. Located in Stow, MA, you can pick MacIntosh, Cortlands, Ginger Golds, and even pears at this orchard. Honey Pot has a hedge maze and tunnel maze for the kids to run wild in and family hayrides. They also sell amazing apple cider donuts.
Also located in Stowe, MA, Shelburne Farms attracts lots of kids thanks to attraction like the petting zoo, moon bounce, pony rides, hayrides and mazes galore. Apples are available in bushels or pecks.
Nashoba Valley Winery
If apple picking sans kids is more your speed, head to Nashoba Valley Winery. This beautiful 52 acre hilltop orchard overlooks the charming town of Bolton and offers wine tasting to its guests on the weekends. This family-owned destination offers an orchard, winery, gourmet restaurant, brewery and an exceptional wine and gift shop.
Belkin Lookout Farm
At Belkin Family Lookout Farm the crops are fruitful including Honey Crisps, Macs, Galas, Ginger Golds in the apple category. There are also blue plums, peaches and Asian pears just ripe for the pickin’! You can fill your U-Pick bags with whatever fruit you’d like. Admission includes lots of fun activities like train rides, a petting zoo, moon bounce, and a hay pyramid.
In addition to picking apples, you can eat cider donuts and fudge! That’s all we need to know! Brooksby Farm is located in Peabody so not too far from Southie! There is also a farm fresh store that has pies and there’s a barnyard on site so you can get in touch with your inner-farmer.
For accurate information about which fruits are ripe for picking – check with each orchard individually as crops may vary week to week.
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Image via Nashoba Winery’s instagram!